Charles and I are very excited about the upcoming Women Composers Festival of Hartford! As guest artists of this annual event, we will perform in three concerts from March 6 to 8, 7:30 PM at the Charter Oak Cultural Center in downtown Hartford.
The Festival will open with a woodwind concert on March 6. The program includes music by winners of the 2014 Festival score calls, Joan Tower’s Island Prelude, and Unremembered Wings for oboe and piano by Andrea Clearfield, the composer in residence.
On March 7, Oboe Duo Agosto will present a full concert of music for oboe and English horn, among them the world premiere of the Festival commission, Andrea‘s Daughter of the Sea. This piece is inspired by the Love Sonnets of Pablo Neruda, in which we will not only play our instruments, but also speak, sing (!!), move and make unusual sounds on the oboe and the English horn. Charles and I feel very privileged to have Andrea create this unique work for us. We have been enjoying learning the music and are looking forward to performing it!
On the same concert, Charles will also perform the winning piece of the Festival competition, In the City at Night for solo English horn, by Jenni Bradon.
The Sylvanus Ensemble will take the stage for the concert on March 8, presenting music for strings, oboe/English horn and piano: Andrea Clearfield‘s 3 Songs for oboe and double bass, Ruth Crawford-Seeger’s Diaphonic Suite No. 4, Hilary Tann‘s The Walls of Morlais Castle, and works by the winners of the 2014 Festival score calls.